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Professor Caroline McMillen


Vice-Chancellor & President
The University of Newcastle

Board Member


Professor Caroline McMillen joined the University of Newcastle as Vice-Chancellor and President in October 2011. She has previously served in academic leadership positions at Monash University, the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia. She has held national and international roles in medical and health research, industry engagement, innovation strategy and policy development. 

Professor McMillen is a Director of the Australian Business Higher Education Round Table (BHERT) and of the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Professor McMillen is a BusinessEvents Sydney Ambassador and has served on a range of national and international disciplinary bodies and industry boards and as Convenor of the New South Wales Vice-Chancellor’s Committee. 

As a medical and health researcher, Professor McMillen is internationally recognised for her work on the impact of the nutritional environment before birth on the risk of developing cardiovascular and metabolic disease in adult life. She has published more than 200 publications and been invited to present at more than 70 international and national meetings.

Professor McMillen is an inaugural Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, and a Bragg Member of the Royal Institution, Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford, and completed her medical training graduating with an MB, B Chir at the University of Cambridge.